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Launching, Scaling, and Leading: A Career in Social Justice, Academia, and Philanthropy

Author:
Craig Zelizer

March 7, 2024

Join our next Social Change Career Podcast Livestream with Sushma Raman President and CEO of the Heising-Simons Foundation. She is one of the leading innovators in the sector, bringing over two decades of experience in launching, scaling, and leading social justice and philanthropic programs and collaboratives.

Why Join?

  • Gain insights into building a meaningful career at the intersection of philanthropy and social impact.
  • Get practical advice on upskilling and navigating the evolving landscape of the sector.
  • Explore key trends and opportunities in philanthropy through the lens of a seasoned leader.
  • Understand the impact of academia and philanthropy in fostering social change and innovation.
  • Learn from a leading philanthropic leader about grantmaking processes. 

Date: March 12 at 9 AM EST

How to Attend: Make sure to tune in live on LinkedIn & YouTube. If you can't watch live, catch the recording on our YouTube Channel or listen to the episode on PCDN or your favorite podcast platform. Also, check out the 130+ other episodes available for more inspiration and insights into social change careers.

Why PCDN is Doing This: PCDN is dedicated to fostering conversations that inspire and equip social impact professionals with the knowledge and tools needed for impactful careers. Our mission is to empower you to pursue paths that make a difference.

About Sushma: Sushma Raman is the President and CEO of the Heising-Simons Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors. She is an interdisciplinary and experienced philanthropic leader, bringing over two decades of experience in launching, scaling, and leading social justice and philanthropic programs and collaboratives. This includes building the capabilities of grassroots human rights organizations and their leaders. Sushma has also taught graduate courses in the public policy schools at UCLA, USC, Tufts Fletcher School, and Harvard Kennedy School.

She serves as a Board Member at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2023, she was the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy since 2015. Her extensive background also includes roles at the Ford Foundation, where she launched and managed a $100 million global initiative to support emerging human rights and women’s funds, and at the Open Society Foundation, coordinating a significant grantmaking program. Additionally, Sushma led the Southern California Grantmakers association as its President from 2007 to 2012.

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